Jordan Archer: '˜I should have let Charlie Mulgrew deal with it'

Jordan Archer has admitted some culpability for Scotland's 2-0 defeat to Peru after his rash decision indirectly led to the hosts' opening goal in a 2-0 victory, writes Alan Pattullo.

While Alex McLeish sought to absolve his player of blame, the 25 year-old admitted it had been a bad week for goalkeepers.

Liverpool’s Loris Karius endured a night to forget on Saturday in the Champions League final in Kiev when gifting Real Madrid two goals.

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While Archer’s display was nowhere near as catastrophic, he accepted blame for setting in motion a passage of play that led to Peru being awarded a penalty eight minutes before half-time. He raced out to try to claim a ball that Charlie Mulgrew looked to be dealing with. The Scottish team-mates collided and Jefferson Farfan’s shot towards an empty net was stopped by Scott McKenna’s raised arm.

Scotland goalkeeper Jordan Archer. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS
Scotland goalkeeper Jordan Archer. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Christian Cueva duly converted the award and Farfan added a second shortly after half-time, which Archer again allowed to slip under his hand.

“It was a difficult night, a tough place to come,” said the Millwall keeper.

“I thought the boys did exceptionally well, and with the goals, in hindsight, I think I should have stayed for the first.

“I should have just let Charlie deal with it.

“But I am still young, I am still learning. I’m a confident lad. I won’t let something like this dent my 

‘‘Everyone makes mistakes, but, unfortunately, when a goalkeeper like 
me or Karius makes one it ends up in the back of the net.

“But, you know, I’m thinking positive about the experience. I played for Scotland and made my debut. 
My mum and dad were watching and it was an extremely proud moment for them.”